Turtle in The Westing Game
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If they pull my braids again, I'm gonna kick their shins.
In The Westing Game, the most interesting person is Turtle Wexler. She was first mentioned on page 3, "The third bedroom was a trifle small, but it would do just fine for Turtle." (Raskin 3). Over all, she is very smart, odd, and kind of mean. She kicks people in the shins for pulling her braid.
Turtle was called by that nickname because she looks like a turtle with braids. "Her mother twisted the three strands into a braid." (Raskin 55). In this part of the book, Grace is getting Turtle ready for a party that night. Turtle wears braids all of the time, but hates that people pull on them.
Turtles best quality trait has to be that she is a good sister and daughter. When Angela set off the bombs, Turtle took the blame because she thought that her mom would be devastated that her perfect daughter, Angela, wasn't really perfect. "Yes ma'am." Turtle stared down at the carpet, wondering if she had just given Angela away." (Raskin 128). In this part of the book everyone is trying to find out who is the bomber, and Turtle was trying to hide it for Angela and Grace.
In the beginning of the book especially, Turtle is adventurous. She went into the Westing House, just for $2 every minute. When she was in there, she saw the "dead body" laying in the master bedroom. For example, '"E-E-E-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e!" Clutching the bunched cape around her waist, Turtle came hurtling out of the Westing house. "E-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e!" (Raskin 17). In this quote, Turtle was running out of the Westing house screaming because she got really scared.
In the middle of the book especially, Turtle was a very demanding little girl. To prove this, "'Shhh!" That was Turtle. The object of the game was to win, and she wanted to win." (Raskin 32). In this part of the story, they were reading the will, and she was trying to pay attention so that she could win the game. This quote supports the trait because she demanded for Otis to be quiet so she could pay attention.
In the end of the book especially, Turtle was very smart. she was able to figure a lot of things out with the Westing Game. For example, "That's it, that has to be it: The heir who wins the windfall will be the one who finds the fourth!" (Raskin 169). This quote shows how she was able to figure out that the part of the will they were reading wasn't complete, and just, "Fourth" goes with the "Third" part of the will. Well, Turtle was able to figure that out at the end, so this is an example as to why she is smart.
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